The Road of Improvement.

    • amelioration
      amelioration
      Bronze
      Joined: 18.01.2014 Posts: 8
      Hi Everyone!

      I am writing this blog to keep track of my progress and to highlight any room for improvement. After not playing poker for a long time, I started again around mid November last year, playing 4 tables of NL10 zoom at stars through to the beginning of January, grinded from $100 to $400 then withdrew because January was a long month for my wages to cope with haha.

      I was tilting alot and never really using time to monitor progress and find leaks, after slowing down in January I read Jared Tendlers Mental Game books to help with the tilt, and I feel it has done well.

      I have now deposited on William Hill and promised to myself that I would maximise learning away from the table, hence the blog. I am not playing fast poker here as I feel that it contributed heavily to the tilt issue, playing standard 6-max tables gives me more time to think and the players are incredibly bad so having reads is good.

      I will be posting graphs and hands as frequently as I can and any input will be appreciated. It's hard to put a lot of volume in with a full time job. At the minute I feel that learning is alot more important than volume with my time.

      Main goals of the blog is to identify any potential problems and fix them.

      I'm sure that i'll be moving from 10NL within a little time but I want to make sure i'm comfortable when moving up and confident with my play, I hope you guys can help with that!

      Would post a graph but not sure how!!??!? :f_frown: :f_frown:

      Currently only played 3637 hands at William Hill with 15.7/100
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    • gadget51
      gadget51
      Bronze
      Joined: 23.06.2008 Posts: 5,622
      Hello ther amelioration, welcome back to poker and welcome to blogs!

      I agree that finding enough time to put volume in when you have a full time job is difficult, it could also be detrimental to your game to try if you play tired, so good job taking it slowly.
      As for posting a graph, if you have Holdem Manager 2:
      At the bottom left of the graph you will see Options;

      1) Go to options -> save -> then save to desktop.

      2) Open a free image hosting site on the web e.g.,

      http://tinypic.com/?t=postupload

      3) Click 'Choose File', then click the file on the desktop you want to upload and click 'Open'. You should now see the file-name next to the Choose File option.

      4) Click 'Upload'.


      5) Copy (left click, then right click -> copy) in the link you will see in the 'IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards' box - it's the second yellow box reading top to bottom in the list on the left hand side of the window.

      6) Paste into your blog.

      7) Relax, that didn't hurt now did it!? :)

      -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      For pokerTracker 4:

      1) Open PokerTracker and click the 'View Stats' tab at the top left next to the 'play Poker' tab.

      2) Find the 'Graphs' tab situated in the middle on the right hand side of the window.

      3) Left click, then right click within the graph, click 'Save As' and save to desktop again.

      4) Repeat steps 4 to 7 as above.

      5) Easy game, you're an expert now. :s_cool:

      Have fun.

      Mal.
    • amelioration
      amelioration
      Bronze
      Joined: 18.01.2014 Posts: 8
      Thank you for your very detailed instructions haha.

      Here it is:

      And a couple of nice hand from today thanks to some cuckoo opponents :f_love:


      iPoker - €0.10 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 2 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      SB: 110.4 BB (VPIP: 72.22, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 21)
      Hero (BB): 112.1 BB

      2 players post ante of 0.2 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.9 BB) Hero has 9:heart: 8:heart:

      SB calls 0.5 BB, Hero raises to 4 BB, SB calls 3 BB

      Flop: (8.4 BB, 2 players) A:heart: 5:spade: 7:diamond:
      Hero bets 5 BB, SB calls 5 BB

      Turn: (18.4 BB, 2 players) K:heart:
      Hero bets 12.3 BB, SB calls 12.3 BB

      River: (43 BB, 2 players) 6:diamond:
      Hero bets 37.1 BB, SB raises to 74.2 BB, Hero raises to 90.6 BB, SB calls 14.7 BB

      SB shows 5:heart: 5:club: (Three of a Kind, Fives) (Pre 49%, Flop 83%, Turn 77%)
      Hero shows 9:heart: 8:heart: (Straight, Nine High) (Pre 51%, Flop 17%, Turn 23%)
      Hero wins 212.5 BB
      iPoker - €0.10 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 2 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      SB: 110.4 BB (VPIP: 72.22, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 21)
      Hero (BB): 112.1 BB

      2 players post ante of 0.2 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.9 BB) Hero has 9:heart: 8:heart:

      SB calls 0.5 BB, Hero raises to 4 BB, SB calls 3 BB

      Flop: (8.4 BB, 2 players) A:heart: 5:spade: 7:diamond:
      Hero bets 5 BB, SB calls 5 BB

      Turn: (18.4 BB, 2 players) K:heart:
      Hero bets 12.3 BB, SB calls 12.3 BB

      River: (43 BB, 2 players) 6:diamond:
      Hero bets 37.1 BB, SB raises to 74.2 BB, Hero raises to 90.6 BB, SB calls 14.7 BB

      SB shows 5:heart: 5:club: (Three of a Kind, Fives) (Pre 49%, Flop 83%, Turn 77%)
      Hero shows 9:heart: 8:heart: (Straight, Nine High) (Pre 51%, Flop 17%, Turn 23%)
      Hero wins 212.5 BB


      iPoker - €0.10 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (CO): 149.4 BB
      BTN: 79.6 BB (VPIP: 100.00, PFR: 100.00, 3Bet Preflop: 100.00, Hands: 2)
      SB: 101.9 BB (VPIP: 44.44, PFR: 44.44, 3Bet Preflop: 25.00, Hands: 9)
      BB: 100 BB (VPIP: 47.37, PFR: 21.05, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 19)
      UTG: 94.1 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 10)

      5 players post ante of 0.2 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 2.5 BB) Hero has A:heart: K:heart:

      fold, Hero raises to 3 BB, BTN raises to 5 BB, fold, fold, Hero raises to 23.7 BB, BTN raises to 42.4 BB, Hero raises to 149.2 BB and is all-in, BTN calls 37 BB

      Flop: (161.3 BB, 2 players) A:diamond: K:diamond: J:club:

      Turn: (161.3 BB, 2 players) K:club:

      River: (161.3 BB, 2 players) 8:spade:

      Hero shows A:heart: K:heart: (Full House, Kings full of Aces) (Pre 65%, Flop 94%, Turn 100%)
      BTN shows 8:diamond: 6:club: (Two Pair, Kings and Eights) (Pre 35%, Flop 6%, Turn 0%)
      Hero wins 220.4 BB

      iPoker - €0.10 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      MP: 100 BB (VPIP: 32.05, PFR: 20.51, 3Bet Preflop: 5.88, Hands: 157)
      CO: 70.3 BB (VPIP: 39.34, PFR: 9.84, 3Bet Preflop: 3.45, Hands: 62)
      BTN: 65.2 BB (VPIP: 25.37, PFR: 16.08, 3Bet Preflop: 2.56, Hands: 1,132)
      SB: 117.6 BB (VPIP: 27.48, PFR: 16.41, 3Bet Preflop: 2.68, Hands: 274)
      Hero (BB): 111.1 BB
      UTG: 183.5 BB (VPIP: 27.35, PFR: 19.61, 3Bet Preflop: 8.63, Hands: 371)

      6 players post ante of 0.2 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 2.7 BB) Hero has K:diamond: K:heart:

      fold, fold, fold, BTN raises to 4 BB, fold, Hero raises to 14 BB, BTN calls 10 BB

      Flop: (29.7 BB, 2 players) 9:diamond: 5:diamond: 5:heart:
      Hero bets 18.4 BB, BTN raises to 36.8 BB, Hero raises to 70 BB, BTN calls 14.2 BB

      Turn: (131.7 BB, 2 players) T:club:

      River: (131.7 BB, 2 players) J:spade:

      BTN shows 9:spade: K:spade: (Two Pair, Nines and Fives) (Pre 13%, Flop 9%, Turn 5%)
      Hero shows K:diamond: K:heart: (Two Pair, Kings and Fives) (Pre 87%, Flop 91%, Turn 95%)
      Hero wins 142 BB
    • amelioration
      amelioration
      Bronze
      Joined: 18.01.2014 Posts: 8
      Just played for an hour or so, had to reluctantly quit in the end as I could feel the tilt approaching. Beginning of the session was going really well, playing good, was up like 3 BI. Then some big pots toward the end annoyed me a bit.


      UTG here is really bad, like playing any 2 and calling cbets oop w/random backdoor jank, I was 3betting him quite frequently to isolate IP and make ez monies.

      CO is a "reg" but is really really bad, tbh I don't even think he can be a winning player. I have history with him, he gets in wide preflop, calling pretty much all 3bets OOP, getting in marginal draws postflop.

      Just before this hand I had 3bet the UTG fish like 4 times in a row, the regfish 4bet me once and I folded pre.

      Pretty standard here I think, the regfish can get really out of line whilst the table dynamic is right and the UTG fish is never folding pre once he has decided to vpip so I don't give him too much credit.

      iPoker - €0.10 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      CO: 162.7 BB (VPIP: 25.98, PFR: 16.62, 3Bet Preflop: 4.23, Hands: 1,674)
      BTN: 189.4 BB (VPIP: 32.93, PFR: 10.98, 3Bet Preflop: 10.64, Hands: 85)
      SB: 100 BB (VPIP: 7.69, PFR: 7.69, 3Bet Preflop: 16.67, Hands: 13)
      BB: 89 BB (VPIP: 35.76, PFR: 19.33, 3Bet Preflop: 8.22, Hands: 155)
      UTG: 89.9 BB (VPIP: 65.43, PFR: 48.15, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 86)
      Hero (MP): 196.9 BB

      6 players post ante of 0.2 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 2.7 BB) Hero has Q:diamond: Q:club:

      UTG raises to 2 BB, Hero raises to 10 BB, CO raises to 30 BB, fold, fold, fold, UTG calls 28 BB, Hero raises to 196.7 BB and is all-in, CO calls 132.5 BB, UTG calls 59.7 BB

      Flop: (417.4 BB, 3 players) A:diamond: 5:heart: T:heart:

      Turn: (417.4 BB, 3 players) 9:heart:

      River: (417.4 BB, 3 players) 4:spade:

      CO shows J:diamond: A:heart: (One Pair, Aces)
      Main Pot [271.8 BB]: (Pre 27%, Flop 74%, Turn 88%)
      Side Pot#1 [145.6 BB]: (Pre 28%, Flop 92%, Turn 98%)

      UTG shows K:club: T:diamond: (One Pair, Tens)
      Main Pot [271.8 BB]: (Pre 24%, Flop 18%, Turn 10%)

      Hero shows Q:diamond: Q:club: (One Pair, Queens)
      Main Pot [271.8 BB]: (Pre 50%, Flop 8%, Turn 2%)
      Side Pot#1 [145.6 BB]: (Pre 72%, Flop 8%, Turn 2%)

      CO wins 397.4 BB
      Hero wins 34.2 BB


      Another pretty standard spot here I think but contributed to the tilt. I don't really see why this guy is 4betting so light, we didn't really have any history and I hadn't been 3betting alot at this table. I had not really seen him get out of line before, seemed pretty tight and standard. Was expecting calls from any AK, AA, KK and AcQ. Was not expecting this.

      iPoker - €0.10 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 151.7 BB (VPIP: 26.11, PFR: 16.80, 3Bet Preflop: 3.78, Hands: 1,471)
      SB: 113.6 BB (VPIP: 25.42, PFR: 14.63, 3Bet Preflop: 2.78, Hands: 435)
      BB: 93.4 BB (VPIP: 16.83, PFR: 9.90, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 104)
      UTG: 140.2 BB (VPIP: 21.88, PFR: 13.54, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 103)
      Hero (CO): 100 BB

      5 players post ante of 0.2 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 2.5 BB) Hero has Q:spade: Q:heart:

      UTG raises to 4 BB, Hero raises to 12 BB, fold, fold, fold, UTG raises to 28 BB, Hero calls 16 BB

      Flop: (58.5 BB, 2 players) K:club: 9:club: Q:club:
      UTG bets 25 BB, Hero raises to 71.8 BB and is all-in, UTG calls 46.8 BB

      Turn: (202.1 BB, 2 players) 6:spade:

      River: (202.1 BB, 2 players) 7:club:

      UTG shows 5:club: A:club: (Flush, Ace High) (Pre 34%, Flop 66%, Turn 77%)
      Hero mucks Q:spade: Q:heart: (Three of a Kind, Queens) (Pre 66%, Flop 34%, Turn 23%)
      UTG wins 188.7 BB


      This was around the same time as the the 4bets were flying with the fishes on the other table. Hadn't seen this guy play bad, didn't really know he was a station. Put him on a PP ofc, trying to fold out 66/77/99/TT and give JJ a tough call. Now I look back maybe I should be c/f'ing river. I guess if he calls turn then he has no intention to fold a safe river card?

      Ofc he doesn't have the range I put him on and is just a whale, but still, maybe I could have done better.

      iPoker - €0.10 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      MP: 337.5 BB (VPIP: 48.72, PFR: 28.21, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 41)
      CO: 208.3 BB (VPIP: 35.82, PFR: 11.94, 3Bet Preflop: 10.26, Hands: 69)
      BTN: 87.2 BB (VPIP: 39.26, PFR: 21.64, 3Bet Preflop: 8.96, Hands: 139)
      SB: 100 BB (VPIP: 30.43, PFR: 22.63, 3Bet Preflop: 12.32, Hands: 554)
      BB: 99.2 BB (VPIP: 25.92, PFR: 16.69, 3Bet Preflop: 4.34, Hands: 1,629)
      Hero (UTG): 376 BB

      6 players post ante of 0.2 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 2.7 BB) Hero has Q:club: A:diamond:

      Hero raises to 3 BB, MP calls 3 BB, fold, fold, fold, fold

      Flop: (8.7 BB, 2 players) 4:club: 4:spade: 8:diamond:
      Hero bets 5 BB, MP calls 5 BB

      Turn: (18.7 BB, 2 players) 3:heart:
      Hero bets 12.3 BB, MP calls 12.3 BB

      River: (43.3 BB, 2 players) 3:club:
      Hero bets 34 BB, MP calls 34 BB

      MP shows 8:heart: T:diamond: (Two Pair, Eights and Fours) (Pre 36%, Flop 76%, Turn 86%)
      Hero mucks Q:club: A:diamond: (Two Pair, Fours and Threes) (Pre 64%, Flop 24%, Turn 14%)
      MP wins 103.9 BB

      Only played around 700 hands today, will grab some food and chill, maybe watch some strategy videos for a while, jumping back on the tables later :D
    • amelioration
      amelioration
      Bronze
      Joined: 18.01.2014 Posts: 8
      Played some more and went very well, the tilt didn't carry on from earlier today, was relaxed and playing well again. Had some very juicy tables which helped. Don't think i'll be playing any more today.


    • amelioration
      amelioration
      Bronze
      Joined: 18.01.2014 Posts: 8
      Trash like this that sends me tilt monkey style, then he immediately leaves too :s_cool:

      iPoker - €0.10 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 3 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: 110.8 BB (VPIP: 69.23, PFR: 30.77, 3Bet Preflop: 20.00, Hands: 16)
      BTN: 100 BB (VPIP: 17.95, PFR: 15.38, 3Bet Preflop: 10.34, Hands: 79)
      Hero (SB): 100.7 BB

      3 players post ante of 0.2 BB, Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 2.1 BB) Hero has A:spade: A:heart:

      fold, Hero raises to 3 BB, BB raises to 12 BB, Hero raises to 34 BB, BB calls 22 BB

      Flop: (68.6 BB, 2 players) 3:club: 3:diamond: 3:spade:
      Hero bets 38 BB, BB raises to 76 BB, Hero calls 28.5 BB

      Turn: (201.6 BB, 2 players) 4:diamond:

      River: (201.6 BB, 2 players) 8:spade:

      BB shows 4:club: 4:heart: (Full House, Fours full of Threes) (Pre 19%, Flop 8%, Turn 93%)
      Hero mucks A:spade: A:heart: (Full House, Threes full of Aces) (Pre 81%, Flop 92%, Turn 7%)
      BB wins 197.7 BB
    • amelioration
      amelioration
      Bronze
      Joined: 18.01.2014 Posts: 8
      This actually just happened :f_o: :f_o: :f_o:

      I don't know how it happened, I was trying to type over the bet amount and just have 1 stab. Incredibly he actually has a hand that can call off 100BB. Just wow. And somehow I'm not even mad, I think ?(

      Dafuuuqqqqq

      iPoker - €0.10 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (BTN): 100 BB
      SB: 101.7 BB (VPIP: 22.86, PFR: 17.86, 3Bet Preflop: 8.72, Hands: 427)
      BB: 105.6 BB (VPIP: 100.00, PFR: 40.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 5)
      UTG: 113.4 BB (VPIP: 26.00, PFR: 24.00, 3Bet Preflop: 6.67, Hands: 51)
      CO: 179 BB (VPIP: 45.80, PFR: 0.76, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 132)

      5 players post ante of 0.2 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 2.5 BB) Hero has 2:heart: 2:spade:

      UTG raises to 3 BB, fold, Hero calls 3 BB, fold, BB calls 2 BB

      Flop: (10.5 BB, 3 players) J:club: A:spade: 6:diamond:
      BB checks, UTG checks, Hero bets 96.8 BB, BB raises to 102.4 BB, fold

      Turn: (204.1 BB, 2 players) 5:diamond:

      River: (204.1 BB, 2 players) 3:heart:

      Hero mucks 2:heart: 2:spade: (One Pair, Twos) (Pre 18%, Flop 0%, Turn 0%)
      BB shows J:diamond: J:spade: (Three of a Kind, Jacks) (Pre 82%, Flop 100%, Turn 100%)
      BB wins 196.1 BB